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By John Curran

The Associated Press

April 20, 2011

When his war zone patients need to talk to Maj. Clifford Trott, of Colchester, Vt., there’s no couch for them to lie on, no furnished office where they can work out their anxieties with him one-on-one.

They take what they can get: The back of a Humvee, the corner of a mess tent, a barracks cot.

For Trott, a psychologist in the Vermont National Guard, just getting to such a session can be dangerous. In his last deployment, he was in a convoy that drew rocket and mortar fire once, and was occasionally forced into action as a sentinel while making his way across Iraq to get to his soldier-patients.

But he still prefers it to his civilian life job – as a clinical psychologist at a Veterans Administration outpatient clinic.

“My job is inherently rewarding,” he said Wednesday in an interview at Camp Johnson, where he’s preparing for deployment to Afghanistan, along with about 1,500 other Guard members.